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Academic Needs
North Carolina National Guard Family Programs works with organizations like Military Child Education Coalition, also known as MCEC, to bring parents, educators and military children the tools to effectively attend to academic needs of children in a military family. The Non-profit organization, MCEC, identifies the challenges that face the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in the military and with educational communities through program initiatives. To learn more about MCEC and how they can help visit their website at

 Space Camp

 NASA Space Camp is a six-day program that shows young men and women firsthand what it takes to be an astronaut. Activities include simulated Space Shuttle missions, training simulators, rocket building and launches, scientific experiments, and lectures of the past, present, and future of space exploration. This full scholarship camp offered in Huntsville,  Alabama. Space Camp Application deadline is March 10 each year (when March 10 is on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday after March 10).  Download Space Camp Application here. For more detailed information about Space Camp, visit their web site at
The scholarship includes:  Round trip transportation, meals, lodging and program materials. Eligibility requirements:
  • Be a child of an Active Duty Military parent or activated Guard or Reservist or the child of a Military Member who died while serving on Active Duty or Mobilized Guard or Reserve Status
  • Be enrolled in grades 6th through 9th
  • Submit a hand-written essay which includes why he or she should be selected, evidence of patriotism, future goals
  • Community service, and “after camp” intentions
  • Submit two letters of recommendation with contact information
  • Complete and submit the application by the deadline to:
Military Child Education Coalition
Attn: Space Camp
108 East FM 2410, Suite D
Harker Heights, TX 76548
DEADLINE: MARCH 10, each year (when March 10 is on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday after March 10).

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 Scholarships and Grants

The Scholarships for Military Children Program is designed to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting forces and celebrates the role of the commissary in the military family community. The Scholarship is funded by contributions made to the commissary from various organizations and suppliers. Visit their website for more information and guidelines.
VFW Scholarships and Entry Forms
Please select a Scholarship you are interested in to download entry Forms and guidelines.
Students/Parents need to contact a local VFW Post and indicate his /her interest in participating in one or more of the above scholarship categories. Also, establish a contact person who is a member of that VFW Post. Please ensure that all  essays are submitted to the local VFW Post before the contest deadline.

 Our Military Kids
offers eligible service members at least $500 to cover a fees associated with tutoring, sports and fine arts programs. If eligible, children in grades K-12 and children of the age 3-4 may have the opportunity to participate in an activity or get the academic assistance they may need. To be eligible, your child must be ages 3 to 18, and your spouse must be currently deployed overseas with the National Guard or Reserves.  The grants, which can be up to $500, will pay for up to six months of an extracurricular ac

 Tutoring and More

The Department of the Army has partnered with to offer an online interactive tutoring service for military dependents of all ages. Certified education professionals provides real time assistance in Math, English and Writing, Science and much more. College students can use this service to gain a competitive edge in their studies and adults can do the same with their resume. To get started create an account online at or go to
March 2 Success offers free tools which provides educational content for the betterment of knowledge and test score in Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. The website offers SAT and ACT practice exams, games and vocabulary and math flashcards. This is also something that parents and educators can take advantage of to assist their child to maximize their opportunity to learn. If you would like to to know more about March 2 Success visit their website at
College, College, College. Military One Source provides parents a road-map to getting your teenager ready for College. As parents and students prepare for the application process and thefinancial transition from high school to college, or other educational programs, Military OneSource can help.Give your teen a head start with ACT/SAT Preparation exams and expert advice on what college is best for them and you and your wallet. For more information or to speak with an Education Consultant at Military One Source call 1-800-342-9647 or visit their website at

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